Total COVID-19 cases breach 18,000 as 862 more infections are recorded, says DOH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 31) — The Department of Health reported 862 new coronavirus cases in the country on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections to 18,086.

Of the added cases, 16 are newly reported infections that were detected in the past three days, while the remaining 846 are late cases, or those diagnosed four days ago or earlier, but were reported to the agency and only just now confirmed.

The DOH changed its way of presenting data to differentiate new cases from those reported late amid the increasing number of infections, as the country prepares to transition to more relaxed quarantine measures.

Meanwhile, patients who recovered from the virus reached 3,909 with the addition of 101, while seven deaths were recorded, bringing the death toll to 957.

As for Filipinos abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported “more than 2,300” additional confirmed cases, bringing the total to 5,184. The sudden spike in new cases is due to late reports from the agency’s posts in the Middle East. Recoveries are now at 2,151, while deaths are at 339.

Metro Manila is set to transition to general community quarantine on Monday. This means that more establishments will be allowed to re-open while those currently operating will be allowed to increase their workforce, provided they follow health safety standards, like the wearing of face masks, social distancing, and temperature checks.

GCQ areas considered to be “high risk” due to the number of COVID-19 cases will be subject to “zoning”, which will be implemented by the National Task Force on COVID-19.

Public transportation will also be allowed, but at limited capacity to ensure social distancing.